May 2022 media round-up

What I read/watched in May 2022.

I keep surviving but I'm not sure how. One of my colleagues commented on how I'm still smiling despite how screwed we are with work matters!

The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún #1-2 by Nagabe

Adrienne Beck (translation), Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane (adaptation), Lys Blakeslee (lettering and retouch), Karis Page (logo design), Nicky Lim (cover design), Shanti Whitesides and Jocelyne Allen (proofreader), Lissa Pattillo (production manager), Adam Arnold (editor-in-chief), Jason DeAngelis (publisher)

Interesting how the outsider is the most humanized thing because their eyeballs are shown and expressively, while most of the other humans do not. I still feel like they're too close in contact for comfort re: curse transfer possibility...

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Such cute moments and then such dark ones...

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Vol 2 had a lot of dark art and it was a bit harder to figure out what was happening, but overall there is a very plesant storybook illo quality to how the comic is done!

The Ancient Magus's Bride #1 by Kore Yamazaki

Adrienne Beck (translation), Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane (adaptation), Lys Blakeslee (lettering and layout), Nicky Lim (cover design), Shanti Whitesides and Lee Otter (proofreader), Lissa Pattillo (production manager), Adam Arnold (editor-in-chief), Jason DeAngelis (publisher)

IMO the cover doesn't do the interior linework justice! It's a strange story because the premise is quite terrible. It's about a girl getting...sold as slave and forced into a marriage with some creature—but she's just rolling with it? Definitely one of those stories where you have to suspend what you know of reality and accept stuff in their fictional world, where these practices are the norm.

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This lady seems very cool and I hope we see more of her.

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Cute dragons!!!!!!! The dragon tree scene made me cry.........................

Jujutsu Kaisen #2 by Gege Akutami

Stefan Koza (translation), Snit Ahaton (touch-up art & lettering), Shaw Carrico (design), John Bae (editor), Erika Onabe (consulting editor)

The author attempts to explain Gojo's infinite moves in freetalk so many times but keeps failing.

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Into this bear

Cats of the Louvre by Taiyo Matsumoto

Michael Arias (translation & english adaptation), Deron Bennett (touch-up art & lettering), Adam Grano (cover & graphic design), Mike Montesa (editor)

I feel like this is one of his stories that I actually felt like I had any grasp on. I was surprised that the cats were personified and thought they were all a bit creepy, like the stage show Cats, but overall I enjoyed this book. It felt very endearing.

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Haikyu #11 by Haruichi Furudate

Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art & lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)

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Delighted at shrimp shirt

Always such good stuff happening in the the BGs.

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Perfect World #1 by Rie Aruga

Rachel Murakawa (translation), Thea Willis (lettering), Sara Linsley (additional lettering), Jesika Brooks and Tiff Ferentini (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

I picked this up because it's romance between a person who uses a wheelchair due to paralysis/injury and a person who is able bodied. I was a bit shocked that they went right into bed sores, but I suppose that was what they were going for. The main character is checking their own biases and rethinking the world, but I hope we get more of the guy's POV in later vols. I don't fully know why the gal is so into the guy yet!

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Venom: Let there be Carnage (2021)

I heard that they leaned into train wreck garbage man and alien bickering married couple, and indeed, it was exactly that.

Spiderman: No Way Home (2021)

I only watched 75% of this because I had to go do something else. It became like...Spidermen giving each other counselling. Dr. Strange is also becoming a mess.

Spy x Family #1 by Tatsuya Endo

Casey Loe (translation), Rina Mapa (touch-up art & lettering), Jimmy Presler (design), Amy Yu (editor)

This series is very up my alley, in that the characters have an exaggerated cool/proficient side to them and another side of them that is utterly stupid and kind of useless! The duality...yes...

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Anya is too precious

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April 2022 media round-up

What I watched and read in April 2022

I changed my website's flatfile CMS to be Automad! I have installed so many different CMS on my domain hahaha. I wanted more flexibility to showcase different projects on my main page. It was nice to re-evaluate what to keep on my website. I have some super old stuff on there that I still like, and some more recent stuff that I no longer like, so I took off. It's turning more and more into a strange repository of stuff! Like my OC page!! If I had all the time in the world I'd start to compiling my plush, tamagotchis, and meromeropark characters too.

My brain only has so much capacity to store short term ideas/info before it's replaced by other things. One idea out, one idea in. I forgot the standalone comic I wrote for a while because I had to write/draw a bunch of other things (Yakuzine, Poss, etc.), but then I was reminded about it again when some communications about it arrived in my inbox.

I survived April, but May is shaping up to be equally busy.

I didn't write down my specific thoughts for some of the titles below so this entry is a bit more sparse. Sometimes I screencap things as I read them as visual reminders for my round-up post later. Most of the time I forget. I've been reading a lot more manga titles because I know they're things that I can finish in a shorter period of sitting. I've deferred so many longer text-only reads and I've hit my max holds at the library!

Soul (2020)

Recommended by Powerswithin and Schen! I think the lessons in this film are ones that I'm familiar with, having worked with a lot of people who are chronically or terminally ill.

22 vs. Earth (2021)

22 trying so hard...

Inside Pixar (2020)

Creeping the life of people inside Pixar. I like that they included staff that wasn't directly involved in production, like the pastry chef!

Marvel Studio Assembled: The Making of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

I was surprised at how many fake sets were made!! And the amount of detail in the costumes.

Living-Room Matsunaga-san #1-10 by Keiko Iwashita

Ursula Ku / Kevin Gifford (translation), Dawne Law / Ean Scrale / Jan Lan Ivan Concepcion (lettering), Mike Martin (additional lettering), Ean Scrale / Tiff Ferentini / Thalia Sutton / Dawne Law (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

LBR I picked this up because the guy has glasses! Which is kinda rare in shoujo manga (probably because glasses obscure the eyes, and glasses are also super hard to draw...)

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The main character pulls her hair like this in frustration and it makes me laugh!

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Why do you have so many glasses? Don't your eyeballs get messed up when you have to readjust to a new frame/lens ?!

The author really paid attention to fashion and it shows in how the characters all wear different things and are styled differently every day! I think some people might feel a bit ick because of the very prominent age gap. I was kinda sad that the character that I thought was aro turned out to not be...!!

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Sometimes this character reminds me too much of me in spirit and appearance. Though my bangs only do this if it's super greasy.

Blood on the Tracks #1-7 by Shuzo Oshimi

Daniel Joseph (editor), Daniel Komen (translation), Risa Cho / Evan Hayden / Lorina Mapa(production)

Recommended by Ben. Very messed up and uncomfortable, so very effective...!!

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It's uncomfortable enough that I kind of don't want to keep reading...but...

Go with the clouds, north by northwest #3 by Aki Irie

Daniel Joseph (editor), David Musto (translation), Grace Lu / Tomoe Tsutsumi (production)

I gave this series another chance after my weird feelings about vol 2. The main plot has picked up again. I just have to readjust my expectations about what to expect and what kind of storytelling style this author has! More meandering than I'm used to, but that's just how it goes!

With a dog and cat, everyday is fun #1 by Hidekichi Matsumoto

Kumar Sivasubramanian (translation), Risa Cho / Eve Grandt (production)

Very accurate to the dog and cat stereotypes and matches my (limited) experience with them. Cute and short!!

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I see no lies.

You in the Window by Kumota Haruko

Translation: Angelique Millard Devereaux / Lea Hisatake, Channon A. Dishman-Flores / Jennifer Zahorchak (editing), Hailey Phelan / darla (lettering), Vulpecula (DMG Group)

I picked this up on a whim. Short, unrelated stories. My ereader fooled me for a while because it auto-defaulted to reverse/inverted colours, and I thought I was reading an extended flashback scene.

10 dance #1 by Inouesatoh

Karhys (translation), Brndn Blakeslee (lettering), Lauren Scanlan (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

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Haikyu!! #9-10 by Haruichi Furudate

Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)

Continues to please. I love...Shimizu (glasses!!) and how everyone else thinks she is gorgeous and the best too...

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Today's music post: Kiseki no Umi by Maaya Sakamoto (from Record of Lodoss Wars Chronicles of the Heroic Knight). I'm not sure why this was the first song that came to mind when I was typing this post! I watched the TV show and followed the comic by Masato Natsumoto for a short period, but I only remember fragments of the original Lodoss war OVA. Lodoss and Shining Force were definitely formative in building what I like about medieval fantasy genre.

Mar 2022 media round-up

What I read/watched in March 2022

Argh, March is almost over and I'm not ready for it. April is a scary month of work for me...

Nichijou 1 by Keiichi Arawi

Jenny McKeon (translation), Grace Lu and Hiroko Mizuno (production)

Similar feelings as City by the same, which I read last month.

Blue Flag 1-8 (end) by KAITO

Adrienne Beck (translation), Annaliese "Ace" Christman (lettering), Jimmy Presler (design), Marlene First (editor vol 1-7), Rae First (editor vol 8)


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I'm taking a close look at whether this aquarium is overcrowded

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I have mind/intention overlaps with the author. I was side-eye-ing a lot of characters for their behaviour but then they schooled me re: empathy/gender/queer stuff after I found out what they were thinking. The ending was sweeter than I expected!!

Princess Bride at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Live music while movie was playing. The music is not particularly memorable in the series. There were many mask jokes and it felt too relevant because we were mask wearing during the pandemic... The movie still holds up, despite the age.

Fist of the North Star 2 by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara

Joe Yamazaki (translation), John Hunt (touch-up art and lettering), Adam Grano (design), Mike Montesa (editor)

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I enjoyed this dodging scene action. The usual, Kenshiro destroying people!

Cells at work and friends 2-4 by Kanna Kurono / Mio Izumi (Supervised Akane Shimizu)

animaru (production)

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Every character continues to be very unsmart, and I am grateful for it.

Blissful Land 2-5 (end) by Ichimon Izumi

Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphoutl (lettering), William Flanagan (editing)

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Another succinct series without any conflict, just good vibes. This cursed object made me laugh so much.

Snow White with the Red Hair 17 by Sorata Akiduki

Caleb Cook (translation), Brandon Bovia (touch-up art and lettering), Alice Lewis (design), Karla Clark (editor)

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Greed and drama! Obi steals my heart over and over again.

Otomen 10 by Aya Kanno

JN Productions (translation and adaptation), Mark McMurray (Touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Amy Yu (editor)

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It's dragon ball style this time hahaha. The plot is getting more and more ridiculous.

Turning Red (2022) directed by Domee Shi

I love cringe cry nerdy teenager. So many relatable moments.

digital colour fanart of Mei from Turning Red. She blushes as she draws crying anime boys in her notebook at her desk

The 4*Town songs are too good. Aarons got so little air time hahahahaha

digital colour fanart of two men, Aaron Z and Aaron T from 4*Town (from Disney/Pixar's Turning Red) posing for a photo. Their signatures appear near their heads. Aaron Z side glances at the camera, has a closed mouth smile, and his left hand is posed in a #1 index finger pointing gesture. Aaron T looks directly at the camera, has his left hand open and extended towards the viewer, and his right hand hovers near his face, by a bubblegum bubble. The colours are very saturated.

Embrace the Panda: The Making of Turning Red (2022) directed by Erica Milsom

I thought this was going to be more production-specific but it's actually more about the women leadership team behind it. Like a freetalk? Can't believe Domee got her parents to show us her old sketchbooks with anime fanarts HAHA...

Encanto (2021) directed by Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith

Glasses girl main!! Thematically overlaps a bit with Turning Red, but different sources of pain and trauma... Mirabel..I want you to sew me a cute animal too!! I also had/have Bruno song stuck in my head forever.

Pixar Sparkshorts : Nona, Twenty Something, Burrow, Out, Purl, Smash and Grab, Kitbull, Float, Loop, Wind

I watch all of them! And their making-ofs and the Sparkshort documentary with spotlight on Aphton Corbin and Louis Gonzales! All worth watching!!

Haikyu 8 by Haruichi Furudate

Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)

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Continues to be great!

Blue Period 5 by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

Ajani Oloye (translation), Lys Blakeslee (lettering), Haruko Hashimoto (editing), Matthew Akuginow (cover design)

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I really feel Yatora in this chapter because of the uselessness and lack of colour sense...

Boys Run the Riot 1 by Keito Gaku

Leo McDonagh (translation), Ashley Caswell (lettering), Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

Transgender teen story by transgender mangaka!! I wonder where Jin's confidence comes from...I definitely wasn't this steadfast as a highschooler!

Yona of the Dawn 2-3 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane (english adaptation), JN Productions (translation), Lys Blakeslee (touch-up art and lettering), Yukiko Whitley (design), Amy Yu (editor)

Turns out that the author likes to draw old men hahahaha.

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I was wondering why this series is sooo long but I can see why now...the journey they have to take...

A Sign of Affection 4 by suu Morishita

Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphout (lettering)

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Everyone is hooking up...and very...cute. Impressed at how dedicated the BF is to learning sign language. BUT what about the CHILDHOOD CRUSH!?!??!!!! CLIFFHANGER.....?

Jujutsu Kaisen 1 by Gege Akutami

Stefan Koza (translation), Snit Ahaton (touch-up art and lettering), Shawn Carrico (design), John Bae (editor), Erika Onabe (consulting editor)

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Can't believe this finger eating scene. The teacher reminds me of Kakashi from Naruto. I'm also into these summoned dogs like everyone else.

Go for it, Nakamura! by Syundei

Amber Tamosaitis (translation), Shannon Fay (adaptation), Kaitlyn Wiley (lettering and layout), Karis Page (cover design), Shanti Whitesides and Stephanie Cohen (proofreaders), Jenn Grunigen (assistant editor), CK Russell (production assistant), Lissa Pattillo (production manager), Adam Arnold (editor in chief), Jason DeAngelis (publisher)

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For whatever reason I thought this was NOT going to be as wholesome as it was (I was expecting more...supernatural/occult for some reason, maybe the influence of reading Saicoink's stuff haha), but it is very wholesome. My fav thing is the very clear love the main character has for octopus/tako. I could feel it.

The octopus is on top of takoyaki in the tank...!?

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The Yokohama scenes made me think of Yakuza 7~

The Right Way to Make Jump 1 by Takeshi Sakurai

Emily Taylor (translation), Jame Gaubatz (touch-up art and lettering), Julian [JR] Robinson (design), Alexis Kirsch (editor)

Behind the scenes of making Shounen Jump! I learned a lot about their papers! Fun look but also kinda sad that the production schedules are INSANE and people barely sleep/have rest.

I understand the author's self-deprecation...

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Today's music post: Just go listen to all three 4*Town songs on their website! Nobody like U, 1 True Love, and U Know What's Up! May as well throw in Encanto's (SPOILERS in video footage) We Don't Talk about Bruno and Dos Oruguitas!

Feb 2022 media round-up

What I watched/read

Another manga-heavy month. I started a bunch of these series because I heard about them in Mangasplaining!

War in the Blood by Arthur Cary

An intimate, feature-length documentary following two patients through groundbreaking ‘first in-human’ trials for CAR T-cell therapy, a treatment described as the beginning of the end of cancer.

If you're not good with seeing blood/needles, please avoid. I cried so much because it is very raw, human, educational, and at the intersection of life and death.

Way of the Househusband vol.6 by Kousuke Oono

Amanda Haley (translation), Jennifer LeBlanc (english adaptation and editor), Bianca Pistillo (touch-up art and lettering), Alice Lewis (design)

Playing Yakuza makes me appreciate the jokes in this series even more! Shiba inu neck flab scrunching is A+

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Requiem of the Rose King vol.14 by Aya Kanno

I forgot to copy down the credits, but I presume: Jocelyne Allen (translation) !!!

This story arc gives me anxiety because soooo manyyy thingsss cann goooo wrongggggggg and you know things WILL go wrong / things have always been going wrong.

Haikyu!! vol.7 by Haruichi Furudate

Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art & lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)

Crows go go go! Continues to be a pleaser. Excited to see the wheels of the "growth" cog turn for all the different characters, within a game. Glad that the 3rd year got to set ;_;

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Tokyo Tarareba Girls vol.1 by Akiko Higashimura

Steven LeCroy (translation), Rina Mapa (lettering), Sarah Tilson (editing)

I was a bit shocked at how strongly the message of deeply embedded the mentality of "need to be married with man by 30s" was, to the point that I found it kind of annoying, but I suppose that's still a strongly held belief that I purposefully purged out of my own life. In that respect, I am like the guy at the bar who finds them annoying and that I should empathize more. I expected the guy to be more ikemen...he looks weird to me?

Cells at Work and Friends vol.1 by Kanna Kurono / Mio Izumi / Supervised Akane Shimizu

??? I have no idea who did the translation or lettering because it's not on the credits page ?? Production by animaru

I started reading this because the premise sounded like a socially awkward jock himbo trying to make friends, so it delivered exactly what I wanted, haha. Except the himbo in this case is a killer T cell so there's a layer of immunology baked in.

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The shorts are pretty funny because the guy's turmoil is all about trying to uphold his macho demeanor, even though he is fluffy inside. Not dissimilar to Otomen in some ways.

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It was fun to see the writer's storyboards and compare them to the final version.

Sera and the Royal Stars vol.1 by Jon Tsuei (writer), Audrey Mok (artist), Raul Angulo (colorist), Jim Campbell (letterer), Karina Plaja (assistant colorist), Tim Daniel (designer), Jayden Wassel (special book design)

Since I've been reading a lot of manga lately, the pace of this felt very rushed in comparison, but I think it's a stylistic thing with western action comics. It wasn't obvious to me that Antares is associated with Scorpius/Scorpii (etc.) since I don't know much about stars or constellations, and that caused some confusion for me. I really like the character designs and Audrey Mok's art!

Love me, Love me not vol.12 by Io Sakisaka

Nancy Thistlethwaite (adaptation/editor), JN productions (translation), Sara Linsley (touch-up art & lettering), Yukiko Whitley (design)

Nice to see the story wrap up!! Nothing too special happens but it's a feel good ending.

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Ajin: Demi Human vol. 1-16 by Tsuina Miura (story) Gamon Sakurai (art)

Ko Ransom (translation), Risa Cho and Hiroko Mizuno (production) Vol 16 has Ko Ransom (translation), Daniel Joseph (editor), Risa Cho, Hiroko Mizuno, and Lorina Mapa (production)

The premise reminds me of X men in the sense that there's a human vs demi human power struggle with both sides fearing each other.

Someday I will read the conclusion...just 1 more vol. I really like the sense of whirl/snap/flow that the artist is capable of doing with the bandage-y shadowy people. I can feel the movement!

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Sato is really messed up (I suppose all the demi humans would be perceived as messed up because of what their bodies are capable of) but I do find him to be a charismatic antagonist.

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Also very interesting how the the support staff and CSP assets are specifically credited for elements of the comic.

Hitorijime my Hero vol.1 by Memeco Arii

Anne Lee (translation), Michael Martin (lettering), Lauren Scanlan (editing), Phil Balsman

I was very confused while reading this comic. Probably because they introduce 5+ characters at once I couldn't tell the characters apart and they also change hair style/colour...and there's a timeskip...??? The pair dynamic is not my taste but I think people who like the Sekaiichi or Junjou series would find this series appealing!

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The author draws themselves as a bikini-wearing bunny getting bitten by deadline dog

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City vol.1 by Keiichi Arawi

Jenny McKeon (translation), Grace Lu and Hiroko Mizuno (production)

I can't quite put my finger on how to describe this series, but I find it to be very random and has very Japanese-style cartooning and humour.

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This broccoli thing also made me laugh cause it's so bizarre.

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The duck lip chapter was disturbing but also fit in with the book's vibe.

Otomen vol.9 by Aya Kanno

JN Productions (Translation and adaptation), Mark McMurray (Touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Amy Yu (editor)

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Blissful Land vol.1 by Ichimon Izumi

Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphoutl (lettering), William Flanagan (editing)

DOGGGGGG! IDK how accurate this is to 18th century Tibet, but I I do love Moshi Rati's accessories/skirt (always drawn to be fanned out while siting) and her fangirling of weaving and thread dying!!

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The author sometimes simplifies the boy's face in a way that's kind of strange to me (like googly eye) but maybe I'll come to understand why later.

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Today's music post: 草蜢/Grasshopper did a cover of 少年隊/Shonentai's ABC and here's a mash up of both. I'm surprised at how similar the voices are.

January 2022 media round-up

What I read/listened to in January 2022

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Unexpectedly read a lot of books this month...

Objects from the Dragon Kiln by The Hong Kong Dragon Kiln Concern Group

I backed this project a LONGGG time ago and then it surprised me when it arrived, since I often forget about this kind of stuff. I learned a lot about this particular kiln that is the last of its kind in Hong Kong. I want the ant deflecting moat container. I love ceramics, so cool. Glad I got this book for the topic, but also for the lovely production, layout, design, illustrations, writing, photos, and form factor. Just a lovely package all in all.

Mangasplaining: Listen to Me! #44 with Jocelyne Allen and Ben Applegate (hosted by Deb Aoki, David Brothers, Christopher Butcher, and Chip Zdarsky/Steven Murray)

I've seen nearly most of the people IRL on this podcast at some point in my life, via TCAF (maybe not Ben Applegate). Though I think many of them would not remember me. This particular episode features cool skilled translator, interpreter, and guest liaison Jocelyne!! I do want to listen to some of the other episodes later on, but this was the least spoiler one I could start with. Such turmoil for Jocelyne re: the praying mantis's gender. I want to read Vinland Saga, given the secrets revealed by Ben, the upcoming "Canadian" connection, and the hosts' enthusiasm! Good thing I can't be spoiled because everyone has a Thor-something name and I've already forgotten them.

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

I thought I got a graphic novel but it was all prose. No worries, I enjoyed the story a lot and perhaps unexpectedly (!) related to a lot of it, though in a different context. I'm sad that I didn't know there was an Arabic and Urdu glossary at the end of the book, purely because I was reading the ebook copy, and was busy looking up words as I read. Touches on a lot of stuff, from family, classism, politics, lost in translation, poverty, inequity, etc. that you might not expect from a middle grade novel, but it's core to the storyline and characters, so I am grateful for its inclusion.

Haikyu!! vol. 3-6 by Haruichi Furudate (translation by Adrienne Beck)

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I was wondering why the t-shirts said ROM_ on it and whether it was an error in translation/lettering, but turns was the creator HAHA.

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I can see why this series is popular...the characters are all growing on dare...!

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I love all the weird side banter and mutual kinship and crying over stuff.

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Such...amazing action artwork.

Gotta give props to the author who has to come up with new names and chara designs for all these teams. The winning/losing chapter was chef's kiss—yes this is genius and all very relatable, and this is coming from a person who especially hated/dreaded playing volleyball growing up.

Witch Hat Atelier vol.8 by Kamome Shirahama (translation by Stephen Kohler)

Wow, this plot with the inaccessibility of the designed world and classism. One could interpret that following the established principles of witchhood also means keeping class/order/status quo/hierarchy in place. Very tricky. I still love all these witch gals...

Otomen vol. 4-8 by Aya Kanno (translation by JN Productions)

Laughing at Shinjo Mayu-esque shoujo manga drawing for Yamato's parts. Props to Aya Kanno + assistants for drawing so many styles in one book.

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Shoujo manga is amazing!!

The flower guy is so funny because he's adding flowers to everything/one as his trope for every panel. I love how consistently manly Ryo is...her floral arrangement was so otokomae.

Me when I went to the Swallowtail butler cafe.

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Me if you ever asked me to do my own makeup.

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They know my weakness.

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Such funny dialogue!!

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Bear love!

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Fist of the North Star vol.1 by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara (translation by Joe Yamazaki)

My fingers typed 'Fish' instead of fist, so now I'm thinking about a fish. Intellectually, I kinda already knew the story of HnK from playing the (untranslated) NDS game a long time ago, but this is my first time reading it in English. The drawing is really well done, very clear, very cool how motion is conveyed.

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The letterer/touch-up artist had a lot of do with all the sound effects. I wonder if the average reader reads DOOOMMM as doom or as DOHHH-MMUUU. I enjoyed the ORIGIN story from the editor! Funny how ideas can just come from the most random places, when you're not expecting. Also Kenshiro's hair is so unexpectedly gorgeous sometimes?!?!

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Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki (translation by Jocelyne Allen, foreword by Matt Alt, Yokai Glossary by Zack Davisson)

I don't remember if I watched the cartoon a long time ago, but I somehow know this song very well. The strange/randomness was refreshing...and I could imagine the narrator's voice as I read it.

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I really like the simplicity and cartoony look of the characters set against some immaculately well lit and drawn backgrounds. Really makes it POP!

Real vol.15 by Inoue Takehiko (translation by John Werry)

I kinda forgot everyone's names, so wished there was a character intro at the beginning like a lot of other manga series... This particular chapter was really introspective for the mains. Like everyone simultaneously experiencing failure/hopelessness, and external factors dragging them back out of the pit of despair.

Snow White with the Red Hair vol. 16 by Sorata Akiduki (translation by Caleb Cook)

It finally clicked that one of the reasons I like this series is because it's slice of life-ish in a fantasy setting!! Hisame has a lot of appeal as a trolling character. Mitsuhide continues to himbo even though Kiki is right there...I like them all. What is up with these TWINS! You have zero chance to getting inbetween Mitsuhide and Kiki! OTP!

Schoolism presents: Finding your path as an artist (moderated by Maureen Fan, Bobby Chiu, discussion with Victoria Ying, Armand Baltazar, Marie-Alice Harel, Andy Cung)

Schen sent this to me so I decided to listen in during lunch. We both appreciated the real talk in the discussion. Definitely worth listening to for someone who is a bit more uncertain or earlier in their life/career trajectory in arts. For me it was a very familiar discussion since I've been through much of the same, albeit not squarely in a "make art your job" way.

Love me, love me not vol. 3-11 by Io Sakisaka (adaptation by Nancy Thistlethwaite, Translation by JN productions)

I'm close to the end of the series! Everything is falling into place as I'd expect. Previous ignorings turns into wayward glances. Classic! I can't believe the author wrote about Baahubali in their freetalk!

Classic way to get stuck to your crush!!

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B BMP! Wholesome...

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Uprooted, the plantemic season 1

Fellow Plant Feverite and cool pal rurupoi was the animator/art director (and more) for this series about plants so I had to check it out!! We've all started calling green onions "allens" now. Can be watched on CBC Gem!

Onwards towards our Noble Death by Shigeru Mizuki (introduction by Frederik L. Schodt, translation by Jocelyne Allen)

When I first opened the book and saw the spreads of character intros I felt overwhelmed and certain that I wouldn't understand this book at all, but it turns out that it was ok, in the sense that (unfortunately) everyone is treated very poorly and is short lived in this book. A part of me wondered if the author found it stressful to remember the war again, but it seems like there was some sense of catharsis / retribution / justice in the creation process.

I was curious about why the leader never spoke with his mouth open.

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Today's music post: Popo and Gonggong/Plane by mary sue.